Carbon neutral craft brewery Toast Ale gains B Corp recertification.


Toast Ale became the first UK brewery to certify as a B Corp in 2018. To certify, businesses must demonstrate that they meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

B Corps must recertify every three years to maintain certification. Toast’s impact report shares the result of the recertification process, which puts Toast as the best performing UK brewery.

The certification process involves an independent assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, customers, community and environment. Toast has set out its impact report to explain the work it is doing under each category.

Under the environment category, it reports its full carbon footprint, which has been audited by ClimatePartner to ensure it aligns with the GHG Protocol. It includes the emission sources and the work needed to reduce emissions to meet the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

Whilst the business works to reduce its emissions to meet its goal to be Net Zero by 2030, it is investing in nature-based solutions to do more than just balancing emissions with removals.

For this, Toast Ale has partnered with Soil Heroes to invest in UK farms on regenerative journeys.

Regenerative agriculture uses nature-friendly farming practices that include no tilling, fewer chemicals, year-long cover crops and wildflower margins. These practices rebuild soil organic matter and restore biodiversity, resulting in carbon drawdown and improvements to the water cycle.

Louisa Ziane, Toast’s co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, said “We have been cautious not to make misleading statements about the environmental impact of our business. We leave a footprint on the planet, and we wanted to be fully transparent about the size of that footprint and the work needed to reduce it.

“We decided to not only compensate for those emissions, but to go much further and regenerate, so we’re investing in regenerative agriculture. As well as removing CO2 to make us carbon neutral, the enhancement of biodiversity means we can be nature positive. And ultimately, healthy soils are more nutrient rich, giving us better food (and beer).”